Mary Kroeger - American Politics Speaker Series


Friday, March 8, 2019, 9:00am to 10:30am


K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St.

Mary Kroeger, University of Rochester

Talk Title: Bureaucrats as Lobbyists

AbstractBureaucratic influence in policymaking is often described as occurring subsequent to the legislative process. Moreover, a literature argues that the legislative branch strategically constrains the bureaucracy via statutory language. A reality which potentially complicates these claims is that bureaucrats frequently play a role in creating the laws which ultimately govern their behavior. This project examines the extent to which bureaucrats attempt to and succeed in securing their preferred statutory language. I track bills introduced at bureaucrats' request across 11 state legislatures. Some legislatures extensively draw from agencies' expertise in forming the agenda and crafting session law, with 9% of introduced bills and 21% of session law coming from bureaucrats. Committee chairs and legislators who belong to the chamber majority introduce more of these bills. These findings have implications for the study of statutory control of the bureaucracy and the separation of powers. 

The American Politics Speaker Series (APSS) is organized by Prof. Jon Rogowski and Prof. Maya Sen, and sponsored by the Center for American Political Studies, Harvard Department of Government, and the Kennedy School. 

This talk is free and open to the public.